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Still planning that 2020 vacation, or perhaps just starting the search, but unsure where to go?
You're in luck! Airbnb has just revealed its top 20 destinations for 2020, and a few of the locations might just surprise you. The list of 20 locations, from Milwaukee to Thailand, was compiled based on year-to-year growth in booking numbers. Some cities are seeing an increase in bookings due to big events — like the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo — while others are benefiting from an increase in sustainable tourism.
Before we show you the whole list, here are a few highlights:
Mexico's second-biggest city is often forgotten in favor of Mexico City, though its much slower pace may appeal to many who don't want to get lost in the bustle of its bigger brother. Guadalajara is also home to a wealth of great architecture as well as many festivals and museums. Airbnb has seen a 158% year-over-year increase in bookings.
Home to more than 100 beaches, Ubatuba is known as the surfing capital of the state of Sao Paulo, with many competitions frequently held there. The area is also known for hiking trails through the rainforest. Ubatuba bookings have increased by 108% year-over-year.
This city is home to the most historic buildings in the Netherlands outside of Amsterdam. In March 2020, Maastricht will host one of the world's largest art fairs, TEFAF Maastricht. Bookings to Maastricht have increased by 55% year-over-year.
The capital of central China's Shaanxi Province, this huge city is on the eastern end of the Silk Road and plays a crucial part in China's royal history. Nowadays, visitors flock to Xi'an to see the famed Bingmayong, an army of life-size, hand-sculpted warriors made of clay. Bookings for Xi'an have gone up by 255% year-over-year.
This teeny-tiny country in Oceania consists of 13 large islands and 500-plus smaller ones about 1,100 miles east of Australia. Those who make it through the long flight will be rewarded with world-class snorkeling and scuba diving. Bookings for the area have gone up by 140% year-over-year.
Here's the full list:
- Milwaukee, WI, US
- Bilbao, Spain
- Buriram, Thailand
- Sunbury, Victoria, Australia
- Xi'an, China
- Eugene, OR, US
- Guadalajara, Mexico
- Cali, Colombia
- Cape Canaveral, FL, US
- Aberdeen, Scotland
- Courtenay, BC, Canada
- Ubatuba, Brazil
- Les Contamines-Montjoie, France
- Tokyo, Japan
- Kerala, India
- Malindi, Kenya
- Maastricht, Netherlands
For more info on each location, check out the full report here.